Julie Murphy’s Ramona Blue was criticized for its handling of bisexuality—I explore complicated tropes and narratives Murphy wrestled with in her latest.
S. Jae-Jones’ Wintersong is a layered, fascinating Labyrinth retelling that balances a deep aesthetic of sensuality against a naive, self-sacrificing main character.
Stephanie Garber’s Caraval almost works…but in the end let me down.
Are you looking for a funny but also informative podcast with great hosts? Do you like medical history? You should be listening to Sawbones.
A Million Junes is a fantastical, richly imagined novel that delves into the bitterness that can last generations and destroy lives.
N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season is set in a strange, wonderful, magical world where plate tectonics shape the future of humanity and some people are slightly more than human.
Victoria Schwab’s This Savage Song is a bit draggy at times, but is a generally pretty fun story with thoughtful worldbuilding and a few nice surprises.
A Monster Calls is a beautiful, striking, tragic book that is suitable for all fans of good literature but perhaps most particularly for those who are grieving.
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The Watchmaker of Filigree Street is a charming fantastical mystery that carries a stealthy bite.